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Orioles prospect Dariel Alvarez gets closer to majors, and maybe closer to home
Orioles prospect Dariel Alvarez gets closer to majors, and maybe closer to home

Orioles outfield prospect Dariel Alvarez is closer to the major leagues than he's ever been, one step away from the pinnacle of a remarkable journey. It was a journey that included his escape from Cuba by speedboat, leaving his family behind as he defected to Mexico for an opportunity to play baseball in the United States. Aside from the giant waves of international waters, the biggest risk was being caught by authorities, who would send him home to be jailed. When Alvarez left Cuba, he knew there was little hope of returning any time soon, but with recent news that the United States is planning to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba, going home is more of a possibility. ...

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